Omega-3 Supplements and Dry Eyes

People take omega-3 supplements for all kinds of reasons. They take them for heart disease even though the evidence for benefit is questionable. But another reason to take them is for dry eyes, for which some trials have suggested a  benefit. But a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests otherwise. My latest article of the Montreal Gazette. http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-omega-3-supplements-for-dry-eyes ************************ Fish oil supplements are very popular. While most people take them for…

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Cracked Science: Does a New Organ Explain Acupuncture?

  Did you know that doctors recently discovered a brand-new organ no one knew existed? And that it may explain how acupuncture works? Actually, scratch all of that. This story is drenched in hype and we're going to cut through all of it. This is episode 16 of Cracked Science, for May 10th, 2018. Jonathan's latest video for the McGill Office for Science and Society.  

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Interview – Science Moms

  Jonathan and Chris interview three of the Science Moms: Alison Bernstein, Kavin Senapathy, and Natalie Newell. They discuss a bevy of important topics, such as the Dirty Dozen shopping list; the social justice aspect of GE and anti-GE activism; Monsanto; conflicts of interest in research; epigenetic; and, of course, Natalie's film, Science Moms; also, Chris' Spider-Man Theory of What Scares People. The Science Moms documentary can be accessed at ScienceMomsDoc.com, while the moms themselves…

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Cracked Science: The Genetics of Intelligence

  Is there such a thing as gene for intelligence? And have we found it? Jonathan delves into the world of intelligence genetics where, up until very recently, we knew... well... almost nothing. Also, there's a brick wall involved. It'll make sense. This is episode 15 of Cracked Science, for April 26th, 2018. Jonathan's latest video for the McGill Office for Science and Society.  

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039 – Keto Diet and Vaginal Dryness

  A shameless Chris removes his belt at an all-you-can-eat buffet, which leads Jonathan to talk about the keto diet. How does it compare to other diets and will it do anything to your diabetes, cancer, or epilepsy? Learn about the mysterious food stuff known was "tufo"; hear someone say "carby" a lot; and watch in horror as Jonathan drinks a whole bottle of nail polish remover. Also: how does hormone replacement therapy compare to…

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California, Coffee and Cancer

My article from the Montreal Gazette looking at whether coffee really does need a warning label. http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-california-ruling-on-cancer-c... **************************************************************************************************** Recently a California judge ruled that coffee increases the risk of cancer and must carry a warning label. The decision came as a result of a lawsuit filed against companies like Starbucks claiming they violated the state's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act(popularly known as Prop 65) that requires warning labels for any food that contains a chemical that…

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Cracked Science: Who Created “CANCER IS A GOOD THING!!” MontrealHealthyGirl?

  When a self-proclaimed naturopath believes HIV and the Ebola virus can be permanently destroyed by ingesting silver, we may ask ourselves: who taught her these notions? Jonathan delves into Quebec's IFN, a naturopathy school built on a shaky foundation but hey! It's got a nice roof to protect you from the rain. This story involves antivaccination views, naturopathic surgeons, and a fraud investigation. This is Jonathan's latest video for the McGill Office for Science…

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Interview – Ryan Armstrong on Chiropractic

  Jonathan interviews public health and consumer advocate Ryan Armstrong, in whom the College of Chiropractors of Ontario is now taking a special interest. They discuss the internal split between "straights" and "mixers"; the Canadian origin of the chiropractic discipline; the College's monitoring of Ryan's public criticism; the divine claims of some practitioners; the safety of fast thrusts; the chiropractor-antivaxx link; and more. Ryan weighs in on two important questions: can chiropractors self-regulate and can…

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